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MARLBOROUGH DISTRICT COUNCIL Sounds News Award winner turns the tide on wilding pines Marlborough Sounds Restoration Trust is leading the way in getting rid of wilding pines and bringing back the native bush. Their 20-year project won the Landscape/Habitat Enhancement and Supreme Awards in the 2021 Cowthron Marlborough Environment Awards, and 60 people joined a boat trip at the weekend to see the work first hand. Trust Chairman John Hellstrom highlighted the importance of strategic planning for getting funding and the community on board. Trust contractors drill holes in every pine tree and inject herbicide so the tree dies and falls gradually without spreading seed. As the pines die, the native bush returns. The Trust is expanding its efforts to pest control to stop deer, goats and possums from destroying the regenerating bush. Judges were impressed at how the Trust has worked with Sounds residents, industry groups, Council and DOC to achieve great results for the environment. The Environment Awards are supported by Marlborough District Council, with Morgans Road Nursery sponsoring the Landscape and Habitat Enhancement Award. The Supreme Award is sponsored by Marlborough Research Centre and Plant & Food Research QUEEN CHARLOTTE TRACK BOOKING CENTRE Cougar Line A large group come on board to see the work of the Marlborough Sounds Restoration Trust at the Marlborough Environment Awords eldday Community celebration in Havelock The Havelock community gathered together last Saturday to celebrate the completion of the upgrade to Neil Street and the Domain. The $1.1M makeover has seen the creation of a new pocket park, replacement of retaining walls, new road surfacing to Neil Street, improved pedestrian access to the Domain, landscaping, upgrades to stormwater and watermain services, and sealing the Havelock Domain Pavilion car park and access way to residential properties. At the same time the Domain Havelock's community hub, has benefitted from several upgrades programmed to coincide with the Neel Street project These include resurfacing the tennis and netball courts and a new skate pump track Mayor John Leggett joined the Havelock community to mark the project's opening by cutting the ribbon He krero n te Kaunihera o Wairau "It's fantastic to see all of the work come to fruition and the space become more useable -the makeover has made the area almost unrecognisable." Mayor Leggett said "A special thanks to the Havelock Community Association who have been the driving force behind t The Parks and Open Spaces team started work on the project by shifting the tennis courts back and providing a skate park area, whilst also resurfacing the tennis and netball courts. Projects and Contracts Manager Maighan Watson said a huge amount of work has since been undertaken to see this project, which was delivered by Cratar Crouch Construction, come together. "It's a great example of collaboration by a number of Council teams, with the Havelock Community Association. It was led by Parks and Open Spaces, with assistance from Marlborough Roads, the Small Townships Programme and the Assets and Services Department, all of whom contributed funding." Ms Watson said. 10 Mayor John Legget cut the ribbon in front of excited young Pelorus Rugby Clubployers with Pores and Open Spaces Monager Jone Teo looking on Council's Harbours team - working to ensure our waterways are safe for everyone to enjoy. Contact the Harbourmaster's Office if you need advice or information about Marlborough's harbours. 03 520 7400 | HARBOURS@MARLBOROUGH.GOVT.NZ WWW.MARLBOROUGH.GOVT.NZ | 03 520 7400 | 15 SEYMOUR STREET, BLENHEIM, 7201 NEW ZEALAND MARLBOROUGH DISTRICT COUNCIL Sounds News Award winner turns the tide on wilding pines Marlborough Sounds Restoration Trust is leading the way in getting rid of wilding pines and bringing back the native bush . Their 20 - year project won the Landscape / Habitat Enhancement and Supreme Awards in the 2021 Cowthron Marlborough Environment Awards , and 60 people joined a boat trip at the weekend to see the work first hand . Trust Chairman John Hellstrom highlighted the importance of strategic planning for getting funding and the community on board . Trust contractors drill holes in every pine tree and inject herbicide so the tree dies and falls gradually without spreading seed . As the pines die , the native bush returns . The Trust is expanding its efforts to pest control to stop deer , goats and possums from destroying the regenerating bush . Judges were impressed at how the Trust has worked with Sounds residents , industry groups , Council and DOC to achieve great results for the environment . The Environment Awards are supported by Marlborough District Council , with Morgans Road Nursery sponsoring the Landscape and Habitat Enhancement Award . The Supreme Award is sponsored by Marlborough Research Centre and Plant & Food Research QUEEN CHARLOTTE TRACK BOOKING CENTRE Cougar Line A large group come on board to see the work of the Marlborough Sounds Restoration Trust at the Marlborough Environment Awords eldday Community celebration in Havelock The Havelock community gathered together last Saturday to celebrate the completion of the upgrade to Neil Street and the Domain . The $ 1.1M makeover has seen the creation of a new pocket park , replacement of retaining walls , new road surfacing to Neil Street , improved pedestrian access to the Domain , landscaping , upgrades to stormwater and watermain services , and sealing the Havelock Domain Pavilion car park and access way to residential properties . At the same time the Domain Havelock's community hub , has benefitted from several upgrades programmed to coincide with the Neel Street project These include resurfacing the tennis and netball courts and a new skate pump track Mayor John Leggett joined the Havelock community to mark the project's opening by cutting the ribbon He krero n te Kaunihera o Wairau " It's fantastic to see all of the work come to fruition and the space become more useable -the makeover has made the area almost unrecognisable . " Mayor Leggett said " A special thanks to the Havelock Community Association who have been the driving force behind t The Parks and Open Spaces team started work on the project by shifting the tennis courts back and providing a skate park area , whilst also resurfacing the tennis and netball courts . Projects and Contracts Manager Maighan Watson said a huge amount of work has since been undertaken to see this project , which was delivered by Cratar Crouch Construction , come together . " It's a great example of collaboration by a number of Council teams , with the Havelock Community Association . It was led by Parks and Open Spaces , with assistance from Marlborough Roads , the Small Townships Programme and the Assets and Services Department , all of whom contributed funding . " Ms Watson said . 10 Mayor John Legget cut the ribbon in front of excited young Pelorus Rugby Clubployers with Pores and Open Spaces Monager Jone Teo looking on Council's Harbours team - working to ensure our waterways are safe for everyone to enjoy . Contact the Harbourmaster's Office if you need advice or information about Marlborough's harbours . 03 520 7400 | HARBOURS@MARLBOROUGH.GOVT.NZ WWW.MARLBOROUGH.GOVT.NZ | 03 520 7400 | 15 SEYMOUR STREET , BLENHEIM , 7201 NEW ZEALAND